Tew belew

Atse Tewodros Project in concert on the 10th October 2016, at Auditorium Unipol Bologna.

This song “Tew Belew” is a “shellela”, the Ethiopian traditional war song form. The lyrics of “Tew Belew” are taken from an old war song that the Arbegnoch (Ethiopian patriots) sang against the Italian army during the invasion in 1935:
… show them the boundary line drawn by our warriors,
how it is guarded by our bones,
and if they do not heed the warning
… belew belew belew …

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